'Pokémon Go' Thundurus Raids: Counters, Therian Forme and What You Need to Know

The Season of Legends in Pokémon Go is bringing back a slew of Legendary Pokémon in Raids including Landorus, Tornadus and Thundurus from the Unova region.

Pokémon Go trainers have already battled these Legendaries in the past, but the new season brings new forms for the Unova region trio. The Therian Formes of Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus will arrive in Pokémon Go for the first time.

Thundurus will be the first to receive its new Forme and trainers will also have a chance to catch it in its Shiny form. Continue reading to learn all about Thundurus and how to take the battle and catch it.

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Thundurus Therian Forme makes its 'Pokemon Go' debut in March. Niantic


Thundurus will arrive in Raids for two straight weeks. The first will see the Legendary appear in its usual Incarnate forme while the second week will see the debut of its Therian Forme.

  • Normal Thundurus raids will occur from Thursday, March 11 at 8 a.m. to Tuesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. local time.
  • Thundurus Therian Forme will debut starting Tuesday, March 16 at 8 a.m. to Tuesday, March 30 at 10 a.m. local time.


Thundurus is an Electric and Flying-type Pokémon making it weak to just Ice and Rock-type attacks.

Like its brothers, Landorus and Tornadus, a strong Ice-type Pokémon will work wonders for teams looking to take down the Legendary. However, since many Ice types are also Water-types, you may want to rethink who you bring into battles as Thundurus will come with its Electric-type attacks that can take out your team.

For that reason, we recommend Ice-type Pokémon who can also resist Thundurus' Electric-type attacks. Rock-type Pokémon often have a Ground typing paired with it, so they can also resist the Legendary's attacks.

Here are a few options to take into battle against Thundurus:

  • Mega Abomasnow with Power Snow and Weather Ball (Ice)
  • Mamoswine with Power Snow and Avalanche
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Rock Wrecker
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Abomasnow with Powder Snow and Weather Ball (Ice)
  • Weavile with Ice Shard and Avalanche
  • Galarian Darmanitan with Ice Fang and Avalanche

In the main series Pokémon games, the Therian forms not only changed how they look but gave them new abilities and battling capabilities. How these changes will be implemented in Pokémon Go is not yet known, but we'll update this section once we learn more about Thundurus Therian Forme.


Raids in Pokémon Go shifted recently with the start of the Search for Legends event that focuses on Ground, Steel and Rock-type Pokémon.

While these Raids will remain the same when Thundurus Incarnate Forme returns to the game, it will shift with the start of the Charged Up event starting March 16. Here's a rundown of the Raids currently in place in Pokémon Go and what they will look like in a week.

Level 1

  • Alolan Diglett (until March 16)
  • Nosepass
  • Roggenrola
  • Drilbur
  • Klink
  • Voltorb (from March 16-22)
  • Shinx
  • Blitzle
  • Klink
  • Tynamo

Level 3

  • Alolan Graveler (until March 16)
  • Magneton
  • Skarmory
  • Metang
  • Alolan Raichu (from March 16-22)
  • Alolan Graveler
  • Magneton
  • Ampharos

Level 5

  • Thundurus Incarnate Forme (from March 11-16)
  • Thundurus Therian Forme (from March 16-30)

Mega Raid

  • Mega Blastoise (until March 16)
  • Mega Pidgeot (until March 16)
  • Mega Ampharos (until March 16)
  • Mega Houndoom (from March 16)
  • Mega Abomasnow (from March 16)
  • Mega Manectric (from March 16)

Which Pokémon are you taking into battle against Thundurus? Let us know in the comments section.

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